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Petra Kvitova describes determination to return

March 24, 2017

Petra Kvitova has twice been a singles champion at the Championships, Wimbledon, but her latest triumph will be to get back on court in time for this year's event.

The Czech star, who won the 2011 and 2014 ladies' titles, was attacked with a knife during a robbery on her apartment in December and suffered serious nerve and tendon injuries to her left hand, which required surgery.

She was given a prognosis of being out for six months, which if accurate would mean she returns just in time for the grass court season. Now, the player has used her Instagram account to talk about her hopes of returning.

Stating she is  "working really hard on my recovery," she advised fans: "I still can't tell you when I will be back, but I can tell you that tennis is a huge motivation for me and I realised while I've been away how much I like challenges!

"My perspective on life has changed a lot and I am doing everything to give myself a second chance to be back on the court."

Should Kvitova manage to return in time for the showpiece occasion, fans enjoying corporate hospitality at the All England club will be among those giving her the warmest of welcomes.

At the age of 31 - four years younger than Serena Williams - she should still have plenty of chances to add more Grand Slam glory, even if simply getting on court is all that matters now.

Kvitova's first Wimbledon triumph came when she beat Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-4, while her 2014 triumph came courtesy of a 6-3, 6-0 win over Eugenie Bouchard. The 2011 win over Sharapova made her the first player - man or woman - born in the 1990s to win a Grand Slam.

She also reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon in 2010 and the quarter-finals in 2012 and 2013, while her best performances in other Grand Slams were semi-final appearances in both the Australian and French Opens in 2012.

Overall, she has 19 WTA tour titles and reached a career-high ranking of number two in 2011.

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